From the street, this project is a picture-perfect landmark brownstone restoration. We carefully rebuilt the lost stoop, for instance, with new cast-iron balusters. And we replaced the severed stone ledges and window ornament using original castings.
Inside, though, we packed the house with spatial surprises. The kitchen overlooks a double-height living room with book shelves two stories high. The glass rear wall retracts to open the house to the garden. And a high catwalk leads to a children’s reading nook with a window seat perched over the garden.
We hid the powder room halfway up a stair landing. A stair made of a folded sheet of perf steel leads to the basement. A walkable skylight turns the cellar into a spa-like home gym. And lastly, reclaimed heart pine flooring runs up the walls to screen off the master tub and vanity.